In the past decade Creative Writing has attained an increasingly prominent role in the life of the Department of English. Each year the department hosts a variety of writers who come to give readings and workshops for our students. In 2006, we began our Writer in Residence program with the aid of the Canada Council, the Principal’s Development Fund, and our own Writers’ Fund. For one term in each academic year, a distinguished Canadian writer visits the department to participate in a range of literary events and offer mentorship to students involved in creative writing. Our distinguished writers have included Phil Hall (2012), Tim Wynne-Jones (2013), Steven Heighton (2014), and Emily Pohl-Weary (2015). As part of his residency Phil Hall developed the idea of the Page Lecture, an annual address in honour of Kingston author Joanne Page, in which eminent writers from all parts of Canada and working in all genres take as their topic some aspect of the page, and so a new lecture tradition was born.
The generosity of Alumni can help to maintain this program of readings, lectures and mentorships which contribute so much to the experience of our students. This fund is also used to support the publication of Lake Effect, the biannual anthology featuring the best creative writing produced by students in our Creative Writing courses.